Newspaper comics pages have been a lot blander since Bill Watterson retired Calvin and Hobbes in December of 1995. Watterson hit the perfect balance with Calvin and Hobbes--the strip appealed to kids and adults alike, with both sweetness and an edge.
Folks who have missed their daily dose of the little boy Calvin and his imaginary pet tiger Hobbes, their philosophising and their adventures, can start dropping Christmas gift hints to potential Santas immediately. A three-volume set of every Calvin and Hobbes strip has just been published.
This publishing milestone was featured on NPR this week, with tributes to Watterson from other cartoonists. You can read about it and see some representative Calvin and Hobbes hijinks. Even better, you can click on a link and listen to the entire segment.